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Anti-vaccine conspiracy theories may have 'detrimental consequences' for children's health
A belief in anti-vaccine conspiracy theories may have significant and detrimental consequences for children's health, new research from the University of Kent has shown. (2014-02-25)

Collectivism drives efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19
Research from the University of Kent has found that people who adopt a collectivist mindset are more likely to comply with social distancing and hygiene practices to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. People who are more individualist are less likely to engage, partly due to beliefs in COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and feelings of powerlessness surrounding the pandemic. (2020-06-29)

HIV/AIDS conspiracy theories may hamper efforts to halt the disease
Public health officials need to address conspiracy theories surrounding the spread and treatment of HIV/AIDS in African American communities, comments an editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2005-02-03)

COVID Misinformation a Roadblock to Curbing Pandemic
Two new studies suggest that the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 will make it harder for communities to bring the pandemic under control. stereotypes and fears of stigma may be barriers to COVID testing, a finding that confirms previous studies about stigma around HIV and Ebola. And believing COVID conspiracies makes people less likely to support public health policies to reduce the spread of the virus. (2020-11-09)

Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggests
The more you know about the news media and how it works, the less likely you are to believe conspiracy theories - even ones you might find politically tempting. That's the conclusion University of Illinois journalism professor Stephanie Craft and her research colleagues reached in a study being published next month in the journal Communication and the Public. The connection held true overall even where conspiracy theories resonated with an individual's political beliefs. (2017-11-30)

Innuendo and pointing suspicion in news coverage can fuel conspiracy theories
Innuendo and hinting at fake information in news coverage is enough to fuel belief in conspiracy theories, new research shows. (2018-02-20)

Innuendo alone can fuel conspiracy theories, research shows
Innuendo alone in news coverage can fuel belief in conspiracy theories, according to a new study. (2018-10-16)

High cognitive ability not a safeguard from conspiracies, paranormal beliefs
A University of Illinois at Chicago social psychologist reports on two studies that examined why some people are inclined to believe in various conspiracies and paranormal phenomena. (2017-11-13)

Who believes in conspiracies? New research offers a theory
Conspiracy theories have been cooked up throughout history, but they are increasingly visible lately. So what draws people to them? New research by Josh Hart, associate professor of psychology, suggests that people with certain personality traits and cognitive styles are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories. The research was recently published in the Journal of Individual Differences. (2018-09-25)

Believing the impossible and conspiracy theories
Distrust and paranoia about government has a long history, and the feeling that there is a conspiracy of elites can lead to suspicion for authorities and the claims they make. For some, the attraction of conspiracy theories is so strong that it leads them to endorse entirely contradictory beliefs, according to a study in the current Social Psychological and Personality Science. (2012-01-26)

Men are more likely than women to endorse COVID-19 conspiracy theories
A new study found men are more likely than women to endorse conspiracy theories connected to COVID-19. The study included a national survey that showed belief in these theories had more to do with gender than political affiliation. The research will help debunk potentially dangerous falsehoods regarding the pandemic and enhance public health practices. (2020-07-27)

Coincidence or conspiracy? Studies investigate conspiracist thinking
In pop culture, conspiracy believers -- like FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X Files or professor Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code -- tend to reject the notion of coincidence or chance; even the most random-seeming events are thought to result from some sort of intention or design. But new research from psychological scientists at the University of Fribourg and the University of Paris-Saint-Denis shows no evidence for a link between conspiracist thinking and perceptions of order, design, or intent. (2015-10-01)

Vaccine proponents and opponents are vectors of misinformation online
Researchers from the George Washington University, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University assessed content from the most active vaccine-related accounts on Twitter and found that even accounts with pro-vaccination views and higher public health credibility can be vectors of misinformation in the highly uncertain and rapidly changing environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-09-09)

Conspiracy beliefs could increase fringe political engagement, shows new study
New research appearing in Social Psychological and Personality Science finds that when studying an average person, conspiracy beliefs lead to more willingness for engagement in 'non-normative' roles, like illegally blocking a public entryway, while avoiding more typical political engagement, such as voting. (2020-02-28)

Too many minions spoil the plot
Physicist Dr. David Robert Grimes decided to test whether some science-related conspiracies alleged to exist were in fact tenable. The answer -- they'd all have given themselves away in less than four years. (2016-01-26)

COVID-19 a perfect storm for conspiracy theories
As COVID-19 spreads rapidly around the globe, the pandemic has given conspiracy groups a bigger platform than ever before. Researchers from QUT's Digital Media Research Centre in Australia have taken a deep dive into their world to trace wild rumours on Facebook claiming the coronavirus was caused by 5G technology. They found what was once being preached to the already converted was quickly fanned further afield by social media and celebrities spreading the message. (2020-08-05)

Negative childhood experiences can lead people to believe in conspiracy theories
Belief in conspiracy theories stems -- in part -- from negative early childhood experiences with caregivers, new research has shown. (2018-02-28)

A new study examines use of twitter to spread or debunk conspiracy theories
Researchers investigating the use of Twitter to propagate or debunk conspiracy theories related to the 2015-2016 Zika virus outbreak analyzed the content of more than 25,000 Tweets and the characteristics of the social networks used to disseminate them. (2018-09-11)

Belief in conspiracy theories makes people more likely to engage in low-level crime
People who believe in conspiracy theories -- such as the theory that Princess Diana was murdered by the British establishment -- are more likely to accept or engage in everyday criminal activity. (2019-02-25)

Which conspiracy theory do you believe in?
Everyone believes in at least one conspiracy theory, according to conspiracy researchers. Conspiracy theories aren't reserved for angry Republicans in the United States. Do you think Biden stole the election? (2021-02-11)

How conspiracy theories emerge -- and how their storylines fall apart
A new study in the journal PLOS One, by UCLA professors of engineering and folklore, uses machine learning to visualize how unrelated facts and false information can connect into a narrative framework that would quickly fall apart if some of elements are taken out of the mix. One of the characteristics of a conspiracy theory narrative framework-- like what built up around Pizzagate online -- is that it is easily disconnected, they found. (2020-06-25)

Belief in conspiracy theories is a barrier to controlling spread of COVID-19
Belief in conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic was inversely related to the perceived threat of the pandemic; taking of preventive actions, including wearing a face mask; and the intention to be vaccinated when there is a COVID-19 vaccine. The research is based on two-wave panel study in March and July of 840 U.S. adults. (2020-09-21)

Research sheds light on conspiracy theory elements
'Our study also suggests that alternative media spreading conspiracy theories appear to better align with anti- and pro-globalism than with left- and right-leaning political ideologies.' (2018-10-30)

Distrust of power influences choice of medical procedures
Many individuals, also in Germany, prefer to resort to the techniques used in complementary and alternative medicine, even though they may have been expressly warned against these. According to recent research, this may be associated with a potent underlying predisposition to believe in conspiracy theories, a trait known as a conspiracy mentality. (2018-08-01)

New research predicts likelihood that one will believe conspiracy theories
Two new social psychology studies co-authored by Lehigh University researchers predict the likelihood that one will believe conspiracy beliefs or theories. (2018-05-30)

Studies find link between belief in conspiracy theories and political engagement
A belief in the existence of conspiracies seems to go hand-in-hand with the assumption that political violence is an acceptable option (2020-03-31)

Doubtful post-mortem evidence may lead to miscarraiges of justice
The science of measuring drug levels in the blood after death is far from robust and based on flawed evidence- leading to likely miscarraiges of justice and conspiracy theories, say forensic scientists in this week's BMJ. (2004-09-16)

Beliefs may hinder HIV prevention among African-Americans
A new study suggests that a number of African Americans are distrustful of the government's role in the origin and treatment of HIV/AIDS - and that African American men who have such beliefs also have more negative attitudes toward condoms and use them less consistently. (2005-01-25)

Zika conspiracy theories on social media putting vulnerable people at risk
Conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific claims refuting the facts around Zika virus vaccines could be putting vulnerable people at risk, according to a new study published in Vaccine. By analyzing social media in real time, researchers were able to identify conversations about Zika virus vaccines and pinpoint the conspiracy theories being discussed. (2016-05-24)

Reliance on 'gut feelings' linked to belief in fake news
People who tend to trust their intuition or to believe that the facts they hear are politically biased are more likely to stand behind inaccurate beliefs, a new study suggests. (2017-09-18)

Social exclusion leads to conspiratorial thinking, study finds
According to a Princeton University study, social exclusion leads to conspiratorial thinking. Feelings of despair brought on by social exclusion can cause people to seek meaning in miraculous stories, which may not necessarily be true. (2017-02-16)

Social media use increases belief in COVID-19 misinformation
The more people rely on social media as their main news source the more likely they are to believe misinformation about the pandemic, according to a survey analysis. The study also found that levels of worry about COVID-19 increased the strength of people's belief in that misinformation. Two factors weakened beliefs in false information: having faith in scientists and a preference for ''discussion heterogeneity,'' meaning people liked talking with others who held different beliefs. (2020-12-14)

Conspiracy theories not to blame for underrepresentation in HIV studies
Even though most Americans believe some kind of conspiracy theory about HIV care and research, many are willing to take part in vaccine trails, according to a new study by Ryan Westergaard of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, published in Springer's Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study found no link between distrust in medical research and willingness to participate in related studies. (2013-08-27)

Mistrust of government often deters older adults from HIV testing
One out of four people living with HIV/AIDS is 50 or older, yet these older individuals are far more likely to be diagnosed when they are in the later stages of infection. Such late diagnoses put their health, and the health of others, at greater risk. New research demonstrates that government mistrust and conspiracy fears are deeply ingrained in this vulnerable group and that these concerns often deter these individuals from getting tested for HIV. (2013-01-29)

Belief in conspiracy theories associated with vaccine skepticism
People who believe Princess Diana was murdered or that John F. Kennedy's assassination was an elaborate plot are more likely to think that vaccines are unsafe, despite scientific evidence to the contrary, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2018-02-01)

Xenophobia in Germany is declining, but old resentments are paired with new radicalism
Xenophobia in Germany has decreased, but right-wing extremist attitudes remain high. There is also evidence of ''radicalisation and disinhibition among those with far-right views''. These are key findings of the representative Leipzig Authoritarianism Study. Professors Oliver Decker and Elmar Brähler from the Competence Centre for Right-Wing Extremism and Democracy Research at Leipzig University presented the study results today (18 November) at the Federal Press Conference (BPK) in Berlin. (2020-11-18)

Blood of King Albert I identified after 80 years
The death of King Albert I of Belgium in 1934 -- officially a climbing accident -- still fuels speculation. Forensic geneticist Maarten Larmuseau and his colleagues at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium), have now compared DNA from blood found on the scene in 1934 to that of two distant relatives. Their analysis confirms that the blood really is that of Albert I. This conclusion is at odds with several conspiracy theories about the king's death. (2016-07-22)

Core thinking error underlies belief in creationism, conspiracy theories
It's not uncommon to hear someone say that 'everything happens for a reason' or that something that happened was 'meant to be.' Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on Aug. 20 have found that this kind of teleological thinking is linked to two seemingly unrelated beliefs: creationism, the belief that life on Earth was created by a supernatural agent, and conspiracism, the tendency to explain events in terms of secret conspiracies or conspiracy theories. (2018-08-20)

The human tragedy of denying AIDS
Since the discovery of HIV and the ensuing AIDS epidemic, a frightening group of people has spread destructive misinformation -- and outright denials -- about the virus. Seth Kalichman, editor of the journal AIDS and Behavior, debunks these dangerous myths in the new book Denying AIDS, published by Springer. (2009-03-17)

Americans must be vigilant against anti-vax rumors in 'fractured media universe'
As the world watches how UK residents respond to COVID-19 vaccinations, three leading experts on the virus are urging Americans and the US government to be vigilant against anti-vaccination advocates and their 'rumors, misinformation, and conspiracy theories in a fractured media universe.' (2020-12-10)

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